/One Vote Short This week the House of Representatives failed to override Governor Phil Scott’s veto of a paid family leave program. If it had just one more vote, the legislation would have created a payroll tax to fund a program that would allow up to 12 weeks of paid time off for illness or birth of a child.
More testimony was held on the proposed “Global Warming Solutions Act.” A fiscal analysis was prepared showing that it will cost around $200,000 to organize the Climate Action Plan. The proposal, which has the support of nearly 90 lawmakers, mandates a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions: 26% by 2025, 40% by 2030 and 80% by 2050.
VFDA Executive Director Matt Cota and Bill Smith with the Truck and Bus Association met with DMV Commissioner Minoli and her team about changing the way we apply for overweight permits for delivery trucks. Right now this is done by each individual town. Fuel trucks can get an exemption for $5 (or $10 for an entire fleet) through an annual permit. The permit can be downloaded here. These permits must be filed before March 31 every year in every town that requires them. Failure to do so could result in thousands of dollars in fines. Cota and Smith proposed eliminating permit requirements for trucks weighing up to 80,000 pounds on paved Class 2 town highways.
In Two Weeks: VFDA’s Montpelier Membership Meeting
Join us on February 20 at the Capitol Plaza for VFDA’s Montpelier Membership Meeting where we announce the details of the 2020 Vermont Fuel Tank Rebate Program. Learn more about the program and take home rebate and marketing materials available for free. Governor Phil Scott has confirmed he will be at the meeting for the announcement.
How Cold Is It?
2778 heating degree days have been recorded outside VFDA’s office since December 1. That’s about 8% less than normal, and 11% less than last winter. 4705 heating degrees days have been recorded in Montpelier since July 1. That’s about 4% less than normal, and 7% less than last year.
News of Note
Dealership uses EV incentive loophole to sell upgrades, not new customers.
Fresh tracks: man was arrested in Vermont after he attempted to drive up ski slopes.
Democrats gain Progressive support on paid leave ahead of override vote.
Thank you Senator White and your committee for listening the concerns of heating techs and plumbers.
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